MGM Grand Announces 2014 National Finals Rodeo Schedule of Activities

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Enjoy Free Live Entertainment, Cowboy Appearances and More, Nightly at MGM Grand – ‘Home of the Champions’

Saddle up and head to MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to experience multiple activities fit for a champion. The resort, known as the “Home of the Champions,” has scheduled a variety of events for rodeo fans over the 10-day competition. MGM Grand will serve as the official hotel of the NFR Tie-Down Roping contestants and also will host more than 16 Wrangler NFR Gold Buckle-winning athletes, including 19-time World Champion cowboy Trevor Brazile. The full event schedule and special room and ticket packages are available by calling (800) 398-1245 or visiting

Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
Rope a partner (or two!) and head to the Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone, located next to KÀ Theatre. The space will provide a nightly party rodeo fans will not want to miss. Activities include live feeds of the rodeo, dancing and an exciting lineup of live country music. Admission is complimentary.

•    December 4 – 5:  Lucas Hoge
•    December 6:  Clay Walker
•    December 7 – 8:  Trick Pony
•    December 9 – 10:  The Swon Brothers
•    December 11 – 13:  The Randy Rogers Band

New to the Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone is Late Night at the Zone presented by Roper. Beginning at 12:30 a.m. nightly, the space will turn into a high-energy, late-night party. Dee Jay Silver is scheduled to entertain rodeo fans December 4, 6 – 11 and 13. He has previously toured with Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Rascal Flatts, among others, and is set to head out on the road with Aldean in 2015.

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2014 Home of the Champions Cowboys Autograph Sessions
MGM Grand is not only the official hotel of the Tie-Down Roping competitors, but it houses the most Gold Buckles under one roof. More than 20 athletes comprise the elite Home of the Champions Cowboys roster including 19-time World Champion Trevor Brazile and reigning PRCA World Champions Kaycee Feild (Bareback Riding, 2011 – 2013) and J.W. Harris (Bull Riding, 2008 – 2010 and 2013). Other Home of the Champions cowboys include Tuf Cooper, Will Lowe, Bobby Mote, Cody Ohl, Stran Smith, Cody Teel, Mary Walker and rodeo legend and eight-time World Champion Fred Whitfield, among many others.

Meet all of the athletes when they stop by MGM Grand’s Main Lobby to sign autographs and meet fans. Autograph sessions are scheduled Friday, Dec. 5 and Monday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Nightly NFR Live Feed & the “Wrangler NFR Countdown Show”
MGM Grand will offer guests the opportunity to watch each NFR round live inside the 740-seat Wrangler Hollywood Theatre December 4 – 13. Fans in attendance will enjoy drink specials, door prizes and giveaways.

The Wrangler Hollywood Theatre also will be the location of the “Wrangler NFR Countdown Show” hosted by 2008 World Champion Tie-Down Roper Stran Smith and his wife Jennifer, a TV journalist specializing in rodeo and a former Miss Rodeo America. The popular husband and wife duo will offer a behind-the-scenes perspective of the National Finals Rodeo as they analyze the nightly stock draw, predict round winners and interview rodeo legends, musical artists and more. The show will take place December 4 – 13 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. nightly. Fans also can watch the program as it streams online at

Rodney Carrington
Multi-talented comedian, actor and writer Rodney Carrington will perform his hilarious stand-up comedy routine at the Hollywood Theatre December 7 – 13 at 10 p.m. nightly. Tickets priced at $59.99, $69.99 and $89.99 (not including applicable taxes and service fees) can be purchased at any MGM Grand ticketing outlet, online at or, or by phone at (866) 740-7711 or (702) 891-7777.

Rodeo Week at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club
Emmy Award-winning comedian and actor Brad Garrett brings top-quality comedy to MGM Grand with his intimate 250-seat comedy club. During the National Finals Rodeo, the venue will feature country-themed comedians Steve McGrew and Doug Williams who will perform December 1 – 7. Garrett will perform with Cowboy Bill Martin and Michael Malone December 8 – 14. All shows are scheduled at 9 p.m. nightly. This show contains adult content and is not recommended for guests under 21 years of age.

Tickets priced at $39, $49 and $59 (not including applicable taxes and service fees) can be purchased at any MGM Grand ticketing outlet, online at or, or by phone at (866) 740-7711 or (702) 891-7777. Prices are $59, $69 and $79 December 8 – 14 when Garrett is scheduled to perform.

NRS Shopping Experience
For the fourth consecutive year, MGM Grand will host the city’s greatest shopping experience inside its Marquee Ballroom Thursday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The ballroom will feature more than 40 of the most popular rodeo brands including Wrangler, Cinch, Roper, Ariat, Justin, Resistol, Stetson, Tony Lama, Circle Y Saddles, Classic and Cactus, among others.  Also on-site will be tack equipment, rope making displays and fashion shows.

2015 Miss Rodeo America Pageant
As the host hotel of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, MGM Grand will be the location of the eight-day competition November 30 – December 6 that concludes with the crowning of the 2015 Miss Rodeo America. More than 30 contestants will compete for the coveted title with several appearances and activities including the RAM Cowgirl Kickoff Party, the Fashion Show Luncheon and the Miss Rodeo America Coronation, open to the public. For a full schedule, visit

About MGM Grand
MGM Grand is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  A variety of newly remodeled  luxurious suites and standard accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and AAA Five Diamond and Michelin three star restaurant, Joël Robuchon; world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena; the astonishing KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; master illusionist David Copperfield; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub; a pampering spa and salon; and an elaborate 380,000-square-foot, non-smoking conference center. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic — Concerts, Food Trucks and Honoring Fallen Heroes

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Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic — Concerts, Food Trucks and Honoring Fallen Heroes

On Independence Day, Ron White – America’s Memory Expert tackles Operation Enduring Memory and a Food Truck Court will satisfy a variety of tastes and a full day of concerts

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic always provides good times and great entertainment. This year’s 40th anniversary event will have a strong patriotic tribute on Independence Day. Ron White is without question the nation’s #1 Memory Expert. He is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan and 2 Time USA Memory Champion. White has memorized all 2,200 fallen heroes from Afghanistan, their rank, 1st name and last (7,000 words) in order of their death. He’s traveling the USA writing the names out strictly from memory with no notes… his way of saying ‘You are not forgotten.’ It’s a powerful tribute that is getting national media coverage. It will take 10 hours for White to complete the task on a 50-foot wall at Willie’s Picnic.

Willie Nelson celebrated his 80th birthday at the end of April and celebrates the 40th annual Fourth of July Picnic. The Fort Worth Stockyards “North Forty” field will again be the site of the highly anticipated annual all-day outdoor concert with tons of star-power. Music for all ages includes Gary Allan, The Randy Rogers Band, Kris Kristofferson, Ryan Bingham, Jamey Johnson, and Justin Moore. Picnic staples Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, and Ray Price will return. In addition, his family – son Lukas and daughters Paula Nelson and Amy Nelson will join Willie.

“We are thrilled to play a small part in the 40-year history of the picnic and do it in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Our mission this year was to design a monumental event worthy of a 40-year anniversary and Willie’s 80th birthday. When you see it you will agree.” Said Concho Minick.

Two outdoor stages will provide non-stop entertainment from noon until night. Special areas including the Metro PCS Cool Zone and Svedka/Rex Goliath Sky Box will add to the concert-going experience and provide guests with a place to stay cool.

In addition to Billy Bob’s Bar-B-Que on site at Willie’s Picnic, Fort Worth Food Trucks will provide a variety of delicious fare through the day and evening to satisfy any taste. Pompeii – Explosive Italian Cuisine; Oink n’ Moo Bar B Q; Gepetto’s Pizza; Hummingbird Sweet Shoppe; and Enticed Gourmet Snow Cones have already secured their spaces.

Tickets to Willie’s Picnic include all-day free admission to the world’s largest honky tonk and cool zone, Billy Bob’s Texas, where music kicks off at 2:15 with The Quebe Sisters Band, followed by Amber Digby, Jody Nix, David Allan Coe, and Dale Watson.

Tickets are $35 in advance $55 at the gate – on sale at  or by calling 817-624-7117. A limited number of VIP and Sky Box tickets are still available.

About Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
Long before Lollapalooza and Coachella Music Festival, there was Willie’s Picnic — an outdoor music festival that began in a small Texas town that would continue for decades.

The event has changed much in its nearly four decades, culminating into this year’s event, the 40th annual– an all-day concert outside of Billy Bob’s Texas with a fan base spanning several generations.

At its start in 1973, the hippie movement was well under way when a 40-year-old Willie Nelson decided to hold a music festival in a field in Dripping Springs. Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Tom T. Hall headlined the festival that brought over 40,000 people to the inaugural run of what would become a Texas tradition.

Over the next 3 decades the picnic continued to hold steady in fans and entertainers, moving around various cities in Texas, from Austin to Luckenbach.

It was a big deal in 2004 when Nelson announced at a press conference in the Fort Worth Stockyards that he was bringing his picnic to one of his boyhood homes – Fort Worth. The announcement made the front page of the Dallas Morning News and the mayor of Fort Worth gave Nelson a key to the city.

In 2011 and 2012, a scaled down version of Willie’s 4th of July Picnic was held inside and outside Billy Bob’s Texas.

About Billy Bob’s Texas
Billy Bob’s Texas is the “World’s Largest Honky Tonk” that can accommodate more than 6,000 guests in its 127,000 square-foot venue featuring more than 30 bar stations. It opened in 1981, and quickly vaulted to national prominence with two dance floors, musical stages, arcade games, and billiards tables, Billy Bob’s sports an indoor rodeo arena that features weekend bull riding events.

Billy Bob’s Texas has won the Country Music “Club of the Year” award 12 times.

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